Yes I complety agree. The 600 rr would not be a good bike for someone new to the sport. Wife had two of them and they are extreem performance machines. The 250 is a good place to start but it simply wont do everything you might want it to.Apologies, 250Tom - should have included the fz6 (it's now the fz8) in the list. Although it's a 600, it's a much different bike than the 600RRs - would you agree?
The Honda 599 is a similar bike... 600cc but not set up for the ragged edge.